Statement Regarding Earthquake

This morning’s 6.1 magnitude earthquake, centered off the Southeast corner of Haida Gwaii did not result in a tsunami warning or damage to any District of Kitimat infrastructure or known physical damage to any buildings or structures within the community.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform the community that the District has an earthquake contingency plan that would be activated in the event of a major earthquake.

If an emergency happens in the community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

How can you be Prepared?

Basic items you will need to survive for 72 hours:

  • Water - at least two litres of water per person per day (including small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order)
  • Food - that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Candles and matches or lighter (remember to place candles in sturdy containers and to put them out before going to sleep)
  • Battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Special items such as prescription medications, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities
  • Extra keys for your car and house
  • Some cash in smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travelers cheques are also useful) and change for pay phones
  • A copy of your emergency plan including contact information

Further information can be found at:
http://www.embc.gov.bc.ca/em/hazard_preparedness/Personal_Safety.html

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Media Contact:
Trent Bossence, Fire Chief, 250-632-8940